'Embarrassing' Christmas

WORLE High Street will look 'poor and disappointing' this festive season - according to a community leader. Worle Community Centre chairman Joan Thompson says it will be embarrassing when the boss of housing company Barratt Homes, which donated money to W

WORLE High Street will look 'poor and disappointing' this festive season - according to a community leader.Worle Community Centre chairman Joan Thompson says it will be embarrassing when the boss of housing company Barratt Homes, which donated money to Weston and Worle's Christmas lights, visits the village to see what the cash has gone towards.She said: "Barratt has donated £1,500 towards our lights and traders have donated money, as well as the town centre team."But I've been told the money will go towards the costs of putting the lights up, electricity and insurance."This year we will have the same Christmas lights as last year, perhaps less."We used to have a tree outside Somerfield but we're not having it now."Worle Traders Association chairman, Mike Skidmore, has also written to traders to ask them for £40 each towards half the installation costs. He hopes the situation will improve next year.Mr Skidmore said: "We probably wouldn't have had any lights if it wasn't for Barratt."The cost of installation has gone up this year because of extra work with new health and safety regulations."There is also no street fair this Christmas, which normally raises money for the lights."Hopefully next year, if we have a summer fair, we can have more decorations.


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